Kylee Willis

 

BACKGROUND

  • Adam Hughes was babysitting his girlfriend, Corrine Blake’s, children (1).

  • While babysitting, Corrine Blake’s daughter, Kylee Willis, a four-year-old who has Down syndrome, allegedly interrupted Hughes (1).

  • This made Hughes angry, and he physically assaulted Kylee, then put her to bed (1).

  • Later, Hughes observed Kylee’s fingers and lips were blue (1).

  • Hughes called Corrine Blake (1).

  • Corrine Blake called 911 (1).

  • Kylee was taken to the hospital by paramedics and placed on life support (1).

  • Kylee died of severe head trauma a couple days later (1).

 

PROSECUTION

  • Adam Hughes was charged with “Assault on a Child Causing Death” and “Murder” (2).

  • He plead “not guilty” to both charges (2).

  • Corrine Blake was charged with “Willfully Causes or Permits Any Child to Suffer” and “Willful Harm/Injury Resulting in Death” (3).

  • She plead “not guilty” to both charges (3)

  • Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for April 9, 2019 and April 11, 2019 (2) (3).

 

OUR ACTIONS

Just like how the court in Kentucky was lenient with Patsy and Albert Christy’s sentences because their son, whom they killed, Logan Christy, had Down syndrome, we are afraid that the court in California will do the same regarding the sentences of Adam Hughes and Corrine Blake. If you remember, Logan’s parents were originally charged with murder, like Adam Hughes, but their charges were later reduced. Far too often, people with Down syndrome and other disabilities are seen as burdens, and people place less value on their lives. In the case of Logan Christy’s parents, the court showed that they did not value the life of someone with Down syndrome the same as they would someone without any disability. We do not want the same thing to happen to Kylee Willis. Justice needs to be served, and a precedent must be set in the state of California that people with Down syndrome’s lives are just as valuable as people without any disabilities.

  • Our Founder/President, Kaitlin Pepper, along with Brack Duncan (Buddies of the Bluegrass) and Rachel Mosley (No Worries Kentucky), is drafting a letter to the prosecuting attorney.

  • Our Founder/President, Kaitlin Pepper, along with Brack Duncan (Buddies of the Bluegrass) and Rachel Mosley (No Worries Kentucky), are considering filing an amicus curiae brief.

Further actions will be posted soon.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Contact your local news station about Kylee Willis. Provide them with the details above, as well as the court cases below under references.

  • Attend the preliminary hearings on April 9, 2019 and April 11, 2019. Location will be posted soon.

  • Attend the sentencings. Dates and locations will be determined after the preliminary hearings.

  • Letter writing can be tricky, we do not want to bombard the prosecuting attorney or judge with tons of letters, as it could make a negative impact. If you choose to write a letter on your own accord, please remember to stick to the facts, express yourself logically, and refrain from violent language, anger, and accusations.

 

REFERENCES

  1. Staff, A. (2019, April 02). Rancho Cucamonga man pleads not guilty in death of 4-year-old with Down Syndrome. Retrieved from https://abc7.com/ie-man-pleads-not-guilty-in-death-of-girlfriends-daughter/5231145/

  2. The People of the State of California vs. Adam Richard Hughes, Case No. FWV19001038 (Superior Court of California County of San Bernardino April 02, 2019) (Superior Court of California County of San Bernardino Online Database, Dist. file).

  3. The People of the State of California vs. Corrine Marie Blake, Case No. FWV19001039 (Superior Court of California County of San Bernardino April 02, 2019) (Superior Court of California County of San Bernardino Online Database, Dist. file).